David fathered dozens of children. Unfortunately, he missed the mark on disciplining many of them. The consequences of David’s parenting failures resulted in his son Absalom killing his brother and attempting to steal the kingdom from his father. David flees Jerusalem and must deal with how his failures impact his family and the entire kingdom of Israel.
Part of the role of a parent is to discipline children, teaching them right from wrong and leading them to grow in faith. Just like God disciplines each of us for our eternal good, parents discipline their children with their best interests in mind. God doesn’t hold parents responsible for their children’s actions, but he does hold them responsible for what they teach their children.
Sermon Text: 2 Samuel 15 (Romans 8:1,3b; Hebrews 12:5)